Colour Inspiration

Introducing The Wedding Collective

I am super excited to share with you today (drum roll please)… ‘The Wedding Collective.’ An inspiring team of collaborators put together especially for you by Whiter than White and wedding planners, Knot & Pop. As you may well know, we love nothing more than a beautifully collated mood board to inspire your celebration and it got us thinking, lets gather a rather special team to showcase the very best of a theme and the most creative of wedding concepts. We took one fun idea and asked a collective of four talented collaborators to each compile a mood board putting their own spin and signature style on things. Including everything from flowers and fashion to decorations and stationery, we’ve got it all covered.  
 
The Wedding Collective | One theme - Four collaborators | Whiter than White Weddings - Knot & Pop - Belle & Bunty - The Flower Drum  

The Wedding Collective includes wow wedding dress designers Belle & Bunty, flower goddess The Flower Drum, event designers, Knot & Pop and Whiter Than White Weddings.
 
We are kicking things off today with a ‘Scene Setter’ mood board, colour palette and story collated by Knot & Pop and yours truly. Every day throughout this week, each of the collective will be sharing their own interpretation of the theme across their own mood board, providing you with lots of interesting and intriguing inspiration to explore. The super stylish girls from Belle & Bunty have the fashion side of things covered tomorrow with their dress board followed by Susie and Claire from Knot & Pop decking out the decorations board on Wednesday. We are then heading on over to Australia for a floral explosion from Holly at The Flower Drum before concluding on Friday with lots of paper prettiness in my Stationery board. Let me tell you, you’re in for a treat as these mood boards are super gorgeous!
 
So, what’s the theme?
We’re all longing for a bit of sunshine right? Well, on this imaginary couple’s Around the World trip, that’s exactly what we get. The theme is set around the couple themselves; uber cultured and with a love of travel, they have long dreamed of taking a sabbatical from work and what better time than after their wedding, when they can embark on the most ultimate of honeymoon’s – a trip Around the World taking in some of their most lust worthy locations. With this life-long dream that they’re now sharing together, we wanted to theme the wedding based upon this exciting adventure.
 
Theme: Around the World Wedding
The wanderlust couple have their sights set on lands full of culture, scenic beauty, delicious local foods and endless explorations. Starting in Morocco where their senses will be set alive with the busy markets – the smell of exotic spices igniting the senses, the Moorish architecture and the beautiful traditional mosaic tiles. Vibrant colours reminiscent of an African sunset pervade the colour palette as burnt oranges and rich reds mix with golden hues and sea aquas. From the tip of Africa to the toe, the couple continue to South Africa for a Safari. Their love of animals take them to a park for endangered species, where they stay with the sanctuary in Safari tents under the vast South African sky and stars. After South Africa a flight to Bali to see the undulating rice paddies of Ubud and relax at a yoga retreat. A time to unwind, Bali will be spent immersed in the unique Balinese local culture and the Hindu rituals. The famed wood carvings and gold and silver crafts on the region will also be sampled, with visits to local artisans to see the hand-crafting. The final destination will be America to see the sights of the Navajo Nation to see the unparalleled beauty of the region, it’s historical monuments, tribal parks and intricate crafts. The bright light of Los Angeles then beckon, before flying back to England.
 
The scene is set and here it is, the first of five dreamy mood boards heading your way this week that have inspired all of our creative collaborators…
 
The Wedding Collective ! Scene Setter Moodboard | By Whiter than White Weddings & Knot & Pop

Credits: (From top left) 1: Tablescape | 2: Fairy lights | 3: Floral Motif | 4: Dress | 5: Chromogenic Print | 6: Black/ White Beading | 7: White Garland | 8: Rug | 9: Globe | 10: Spices

 
Make sure you pop by tomorrow to see the gorgeous fashion board from the lovely UK wedding dress designers Belle & Bunty. The journey begins… Mrs White x

Gold and Garnet Decadence

Happy New Year!!! Hope you all had a smashing evening celebrating. Thanks so much for all of your support, feedback, and comments over the past year. I really am so grateful and wish you all a year ahead filled with love, happiness and health. We have some exciting plans for 2014 here at Whiter than White and I look forward to sharing more ideas and inspiration with you over the coming months. Lets kick things off with some dreamy and decadent gold and garnet inspiration. Golden hues, sparkles, champagne and the deepest and darkest burgundy blooms…

 
Gold & Garnet Decadence | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top left to bottom right 1. Truro Fabrics | 2. Photo: Miguel Varona | 3. Odessa May Society | 4. via HellAnne | 5. Susie Tsang | 6. via Fos

 
Gold & Garnet Decadence | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top left to bottom right 1. Houzz | 2. Photo: Kari Herer | 3. Eye Poetry | 4. via Wedding Chicks | 5. via 199 | 6. Zuhair Murad

 
Gold & Garnet Decadence | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1. via DavaDip | 2. 100 layer cake | 3. via Decor Pad | 4. Andreas Lagos

 
Gold & Garnet Decadence | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top left to bottom right 1. Jose Villa | 2. Jenny Packham | 3. via OneFabDay | 4. via Poise Boston | 5. Shannas Creations | 6. BrideBop | 7. Photo: Trent Bailey

 
A very Happy New Year from Mrs White x

Inky Indigo Sun-Print Inspiration

Blue is one of my very favourite colours, its just such a soothing and calming hue! From the palest pastels to the brightest azure and the deepest inky navy, the spectrum is just stunning. The boards below show ways to incorporate this colour story into your day – using inky watercolour florals and the rather incredible sunography paper. Plus a few DIY craft projects thrown in for good measure! The ideas are perfect as an alternative autumn wedding theme using blue and white leaf shapes instead of the usual rust and yellow! Or of course, it works perfectly for a summer wedding by the sea…
 

Inky Blues Wedding Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: (top to bottom/ left to right) 1: Laurent Segretier | 2. Dress: J Mendel | 3. via Indulgy | 4. Luli Sanchez | 5. via AllthingsStylish | 6. via Branco Prata | 7. Joy Thigpen | 8. Luli Sanchez

 

The leaf print design (below right) was created using the amazing sunography paper (a special light sensitive paper). I did some print designs a little while back using this technique and its such good fun. In a nutshell you place any object or transparency onto the sunography paper and then expose it to bright sunlight. Then simply rinse the paper in water to reveal your rich inky blue print! Tip – make sure you expose to bright full sunlight for the best effect and vary the amount of time you expose the paper to ensure you get different levels of colour intensity. You can buy the paper from most craft/ art shops or online here.

There are endless ways to use the paper – as place settings, wedding stationery, table plans and table runners! There is even a gorgeous cake above using the technique! If you are thinking of giving it a go then take a look here at this great tutorial on Once Wed. You could even take a pack on your honeymoon, capturing your very own memories whilst your there and then displaying them in frames at home when you return.

 

Sunography & Inky Blue Wedding Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: (top to bottom/ left to right) 1: via Branco Prata | 2. via Laudland | 3. via The Gifts of Life | 4. via Once Wed | 5. Luli Sanchez | 6. Poketo | 7. via Seasonal Joy

 

You could incorporate the theme more subtly by using cut-out leaves as stencils through which to sprinkle icing sugar on your desserts!
 

Inky Blue Wedding Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1: Joy Thigpen | 2. via Once Wed | 3. CRM Ceramics

Inky Blues Wedding Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1: Hazel Terry | 2. Photo: William Henry Fox Talbot

 

The hand-painted pebbles/ paperweights above would make such lovely favours and are totally in-keeping with the theme.
Love, Mrs White x

Autumn Leaves Wedding Inspiration

There is definitely a hint of Autumn in the air and as much as I will miss summer, I have to admit I can hardly wait for autumn (apart from the rain of course!). There is something about those crisp, chilly days and the golden hues that I crave. Long walks collecting berries and fruits, making apple pies and sipping on hot cider! The natural colour palette is incredible too, from russet and taupe to rich berry reds, plum and damson. Some of my favourite weddings are ones that really reflect the seasons and with autumn you can most definitely take an abundance of ideas from nature itself!

 

Autumn Leaves Wedding Inspiration | Whiter than White

Credits:Top to bottom + left to right | 1. Photo: Hanna Skoog | 2. via Zsa Zsa Bellagio | 3. Dress: Leila Hafzi | 4. Design Sponge | 5. Once Wed 6. Photo: Tyler Branch via Green Wedding Shoes 7. via Clemmensen Brok | 8. via Wolf Eyebrows | 9. via pinterest  |

 

Autumn Leaves Wedding Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top to bottom + left to right | 1. via Eat more Greens | 2. Photo: Lucy Stendall via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings | 3. Photo: Elizabeth Messina via Once Wed | 4. Photo: Elemental Photography | 5. Hyunmee Lee | 6. via Style me Pretty | 7. Best Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

 

One thing’s for sure, fruit is the perfect starting point to base your decor and styling upon. I just love the idea of serving hot apple cider poured into the apples themselves to your guests on arrival. Rather than canapés, let guests toast their own marshmallows over fire pits and serve a selection of berry pies for dessert!

When it comes to flowers there is a long list of suitable blooms for the season including scabious, cornflowers, clematis, dahlias and sedum. Combine these with beautiful autumn foliage, hips, dried wheat, berries and seedheads to add texture and depth of colour. By mixing the florals with so much pretty foilage you can actually save a small fortune on the amount of flowers needed too!

 

Autumn Reception Wedding Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top to bottom + left to right | 1. Joey Kennedy via Green Wedding Shoes | 2. Best Photography via Green Wedding Shoes | 3 + 4. Joey Kennedy via Green Wedding Shoes | 5. via Fab Fatale

 

Autumn dessert cart | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1. Best Photography via Green Wedding Shoes | 2. Weddings Unveiled

 

Autumn Wedding Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1. Best Photography via Green Wedding Shoes | 2. via Green Wedding Shoes | 3. Jose Villa

 

Fallen leaves are another perfect element to incorporate into your styling. The leaves used as place names above add such a lovely rustic touch and are free too! They also work really well included in the buttonholes for the boys and help to tie the whole look together.

 

Autumn Wedding Cake | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1 +  2. Best Photography via Green Wedding Shoes | 3. Photo: Paula O’Hara

 

I am all ready now for those incredible autumn colours and walking amongst the fallen leaves in the park!

Welcome autumn…
Mrs White x

The Bloomsbury Set

I visited The Charleston farmhouse in East Sussex, England a little while ago and cannot begin to tell you how inspiring and beautiful it is. If you have not paid it a visit then you really must! In 1916 it was the country home of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and became the country meeting place for a group of artists, writers and intellectuals known as The Bloomsbury Set. The group also included Clive Bell, Roger Fry and Virginia Woolf (to name but a few!) all of whom either lived at or visited the house over the years. The artistic duo transformed the house into a charming retreat by painting furniture and murals on the walls in their own distinctive style. They crammed the place full of incredible decorative art, textiles, ceramics and paintings! The artistic group escaped London and led the most incredible bohemian lifestyles, breaking away from social norms and filling their days with art, beauty and eccentricity! I have often thought what an incredibly unique wedding venue it would be (if only!!!). So that might not be possible but it makes an amazing and highly original theme for your big day…

 

Charleston House Inspiration / Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top to bottom / left to right 1. via Anca Gray | 2. Claudia Raymat | 3. via Bliss In Images | 4. Sarah Alden | 5. Vanessa Bell | 6. Vanessa Bell | 7. Vanessa Bell |

 

The Bloomsbury Set Inspiration / Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top to bottom / left to right: 1. Photo: Paula O’Hara | 2. Painted by Vanessa Bell via Charleston | 3. Photo: Rodger Obley | 4. Photo: Clive Birch |

 

You can really go all out on the bohemian theme here with a beautiful old antique tea dress, disheveled curls and a flower crown! For your flowers – think wild, country mis-matched blooms in a mixture of old china, vases and glasses.

 

Bloomsbury Set Wedding Inspiration / Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top to bottom / left to right: 1. Joanna Newson | 2. Photo: Shae Detar | 3. Vanessa Bell | 4. Design by Duncan Grant | 5.Invite: Feast | 6. Matt Armendariz | 7. Photo: Clive Birch |

 

If like me you love print and colour then this is the theme for you and its perfect to base your reception decor on too! The boards below show a more modern approach to the theme incorporating the current watercolour and pattern trend. I love the dip dyed napkins, subtly dyed to match your colour scheme. The watercolour story can continue throughout your styling and there is a stunning idea for a table plan below using ombre dipped paper!

 

Bloomsbury Wedding Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top to bottom/ left to right: 1. Dress: Mango | 2. Griottes | 3. Raw Colour | 4. Amy Sia | 5. Erdem | 6. Invite via Colin Cowie Weddings |

 

Bloomsbury Inspired Wedding Cake | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1. Lulie Wallace | 2. Photo: Clive Birch |

 

These painted graphics from the original book covers of Virginia Woolf’s books are a great focus and vibe for your invites, menus and place names. Each book has lovely decorative borders that work perfectly for your stationery. You could then use the same print and borders to decorate paper seed packets to be used as favours for your guests.

 

Bloomsbury Wedding Invite Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1. book cover designed by Angus Hyland | 2-3. Vanessa Bell book covers | 4. Angus Hyland | 5-8. Vanessa Bell book covers |

 

Be inspired by the beautiful painterly floral patterns and dress your bridesmaids in pretty floral printed dresses.

 

Bloomsbury Wedding Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top to bottom / left to right: 1. via StyleSight | 2. via Romantic Chic Atelier | 3. Lulie Wallace | 4. Duncan Grant via Christies | 5. Photo: Mark Tattersall via Lucy Says I Do |

 

I’m really excited by this theme and love the art, craft and unconventional feel to it. Somebody please take this idea and make it your own! You can find out more about the magical Charleston house here.

Mrs White x